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Feb 24, 2013 11:00am EST
example, the pentagon which has an enormous snoop potential -- i don't mean to use that word in a bad sense, but let's say monitoring potential, and all college students, i believe, are said to be within the per view of the pentagon. that's obtained through a contract that the pentagon issues with, i guess, choicepoint? >> it's a different private company but they are basically trying to compile records on students so they can reach out to them and recruit them into the military. >> what do you think of the pentagon having dossiers on every young person in america, mr. chairman? >> i haven't heard that honestly. it's obviously a huge task and i don't think it's being done in the light that you are talking about. i think they are probably trying to identify those individuals that would be a high risk in terms of potential terror to this country, and i think that's what they are concentrating on. i don't think they are going to the average student and developing a dossier. i their doing a scan mechanism to find out is this particular student a u.s. citizen? is he a student from a co
Current
Feb 22, 2013 3:00am PST
800,000 civilian employees at the pentagon will go on furlough starting one week from today. that and a whole lot more to get into this morning on the "full-court press," which we will do. take your calls at 866-55-press. first, we get the latest today's current news update from lisa ferguson joining us from los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. president obama inand vice president biden are attending the democratic governor's association this morning andbam obama willing talking about a variety of national issues about economic and trade issues between the two countries. later, vice president biden will join the two for lunch. biden is also continuing his big push for gun legislation. yesterday from connecticut, he told the nation things have change the 234d gun violence debate. it used to be politicians would not want to vote for it. now, they won't want to vote against them. >> that's a big change from the norm. al large group of democrats are getting ready to make gun legislation a big part of their 2014 platform. steve israel says the group will
NBC
Feb 21, 2013 12:00pm EST
news out of the pentagon. they will be forced to take one day off each week of massing spending cuts take place on march 1. >> i will pay the mortgage and utilities, and then you live on what is left. >> the furloughs would begin in mid-april and last more than five months. the pentagon would need to find billions more in savings if no deal is reached. >> this is felt in big and small towns alike, and it won't be just limited to communities with active duty basis. >> it is not just those working for the military who would be affected. unemployed would seek 10% of unemployment benefits evaporate. president obama talked about the sequester's impact in an interview with our sister station. >> we do not need these automatic,-spending cuts that could hurt our economy and military readiness. >> house speaker john boehner asked of the president, what is he doing to stop the sequester that would hollow out our armed forces? as politicians squabble over who should give what in negotiations, defense secretary leon panetta is overseas talking with nato about how the budget cuts could impact all
CSPAN
Feb 17, 2013 6:00pm EST
, 5% to domestic agencies, 8% to the pentagon, you've been looking at the kind of impact this will have. what do you expect? how much damage do you think it would do for government operations? how badly would it affect your constituents and people across the country? >> well, needless to say, being an appropriator, i think it's an idiotic way to do business. these are indiscriminate cuts. they're not thought through but are automatic across the board without any consideration of good, bad or evil, or whatever. so i think the cuts are devastating. i'm sad to see it take place but i don't see an effort being made realistically to stop it. >> do you, mr. chairman, do you think that once the sequester actually takes effect, that people will see the wide ranging implications of this and they would actually start working together to figure out the best way to either avert it or replace it? >> that's my hope. i'm hoping, number one, i was hoping we could avoid it. but after it hits, which i think it will, i think it's going to have a shock effect on so many different programs and agencies
MSNBC
Feb 24, 2013 5:00am PST
dirty oil, for instance, and ending the wars, not just cutting the bloat in the pentagon budget so we don't have $500 hammers on a submarine, we're talking about saving money. my institute, the institute for policy studies, my colleague, marian pemberton has figured out we could save $200 billion just this year, not over ten years, in just the military side without doing anything that would put us at risk. >> what you have articulated is the progressive line on this which i am sympathetic to. but it is an austerian line. we're talking about raising taxes and cutting defense budget. what you're doing is diminishing the deficit and -- >> but actually the thing -- >> the military spending hurts our economy. >> in other words, this is basically -- what is so ironic about this is it kind of goes back to woodrow wilson, why are the fights so difficult or so vicious? because the stakes are so small. really in reality when you look at sequestration and we're talking about $85 billion this year, really only with $40 billion in real spending cuts, because of the way the budget operates with bud
CBS
Feb 20, 2013 7:00pm EST
week. according to the pentagon's chief budget officer robert hale, that would save between $4 and $5 billion. but it would all come out of people's paychecks. >> we feel we don't have any choice but to impose furloughs even though we would much prefer not to do it. frankly, this is within of the least -- the most distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> reporter: department of defense civilians run training range where navy pilots practice strafing runs. they manage the flow of supplies to troops in afghanistan, overhaul army tanks and provide medical care for everybody from wounded warriors to retirees. laying them off for one day a week would not cripple national defense, but it would, said jessica wright the pentagon's head of personnel, be an economic catastrophe for their families. >> if furloughs are enacted, civilians will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. >> reporter: even then the pentagon would still have to find another $41 billion in savings during the last seven months of the fiscal year. internal pentagon
CSPAN
Feb 17, 2013 10:00am EST
into automatic indiscriminate cuts across the board, 8% to the pentagon, you have been looking at the kind of impact this will have. what you expect? how much damage you think it would do four different operations? >> needless to say, being an appropriate, but think it is an idiotic way to do business. these are indiscriminate cuts. they are not thought through. they're just automatic across- the-board, without any consideration of good, bad or evil or whatever. so i think the cuts are devastating. i am sad to see take place. but i don't see any effort being made realistically to stop it. >> do you think that, once the sequestered takes effect, that people will see the wide ranging implications and that there will actually start working together to figure out how to replace it or a verdict? >> that is my hope. number one, most of in the week to avoid it. i think it will have a shocking effect on so many agencies of the government that, hopefully -- >> what do you think it will take for people to say, finally, let's get together and figure out a way to not let this happen. >> because t
NBC
Feb 20, 2013 12:00pm EST
from the pentagon. what is at stake if congress does not avoid billion dollar budget cuts. >> we are seeing lake effect snow showers downwind of the great lakes. cold weather and an active weather is here to stay. live look outdoors with clouds in place. >> grim warnings from the pentagon this afternoon. massive furloughs are pending for civilian employees if lawmakers don't avoid the sequester. with just nine days left, the president is continuing his own plea for negotiations. >> the fight over $1.20 trillion over across the board spending cuts is raging on even with lawmakers out of town. today it is the pentagon's turn to warn congress did more than 700,000 civilian employees would take one day off a week without pay. yesterday president obama blamed republicans for holding up a deal. he was surrounded at the white house by emergency responders that the president said could lose their jobs. >> these cuts are not smart, not fair, they will hurt our economy. >> the president wants to replace the cuts with revenue. house speaker john boehner say the revenue debate is closed. >> repu
NBC
Feb 17, 2013 11:00am EST
pentagon choice. who's got it about america, him or them? back on march. market on a tear, way up at 14,000. but that schedule add cross-the-board spending cut that seems unthinkable is now assumed. seriously, are we looking at first of march calamity? finally, guns and race. half of white men in america own guns. do you believe it? barack obama lost two-thirds of white men who didn't go to college, first wipeout since walter mondale lost 49 states to 1. can the president ever crack through that? hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today presidential historian michael beschloss. cook political report amy walter. "the washington post's" henderson and "the new york times"'s david henderhard. have the republicans turn turned up the heat on barack obama now even before he won re-election? we saw in there temporary the defeat of chuck hagel's nomination, leaving the president without a pentagon secretary and there seems to be more where that came from. we decide to look at how this past tuesday, state of the union day played out starting with valerie jarrett on "morning j
FOX News
Feb 21, 2013 3:00pm PST
others like howard dean suggesting the president should let the sequester happen. to slice the pentagon's budget. dean telling the huffington post i'm in favor of the sequester. it's tough on things i care about a lot but the fact of the matter is you are not going to get another chance to cut the defense budget in the way it needs to be cut. white house officials disagree. as an outgoing defense secretary leon panetta who warned such deep cuts could leave america with a second rate military. you will remember republicans were furious before the election that the white house did not follow the warren act that requires employers to warn employees about the potential lay-offs. since furlough notices are only going out now, defense officials say they work at the pentagon until late april. even if the sequest starts on march 1. at the white house, ed henry. fox news. >> bret: the pentagon's budget chief says the effects of the cuts will be felt nationwide. he says the biggest potential losses will be in california, texas, georgia and virginia. national security correspondent jennifer griffin
NBC
Feb 20, 2013 6:00pm EST
announcement from the pentagon. secretary leon panetta warned congress that hundreds of thousands of civilian workers could be furloughed and soon. >> if a series of automatic spending cuts hit next week. nikole killion has details. >> if these furloughs going to affect it would mean forced time off and less pay. at the pentagon a sobering announcement. >> we feel we do not have any choice but to impose furloughs. we would much prefer not to do it. >> officials laid out their plans to furlough 800,000 workers if automatic spending cuts known as sequestration go into effect march 1. >> the furloughs are enacted civilians were -- will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. as a result, many families will be forced to make difficult decisions. >> in a letter to john boehner, leon panetta warned their deductions would put us on a pass to a hollow force. and john kerry said the fiscal impact threatens america's credibility. >> there is nothing in this current budget fight that requires us to make bad decisions. >> military -- a military analyst said the impact wil
ABC
Feb 17, 2013 11:35pm EST
by a larger than that. >> $85 billion in cuts could lead to furloughs. the pentagon fears this could have a drastic affect on military. many republicans say this is coming. >> we are here because the president refused to cut spending, and we have grown up with this. >> so there is still some uncertainty over the deadline, senator charles schumer appears confident the sequester will be avoided. >> there are those that do not need a favor of hardly anybody other than themselves and the few whose special interests are protected both sides are looking for a solution. it seems finding a solution has so far evaded lawmakers. >> we are joined by the political defense reporter. we are talking sequestration and you know it well. what sort of impact will it have? >> it has already had an impact. training is being deferred. maintenance is being deferred. we are looking at close to a trillion dollars. there is going to be very little the pentagon can do to avert it. >> outside the defense department, who is going to feel the impact the most? >> i think every agency will be cut by a certain
CSPAN
Feb 23, 2013 3:30pm EST
pentagon and you have to remember when you're looking at the pentagon, you're looking at an institution that has the fine motor skills of a dinosaur. it takes the pentagon a long time to put something together, such as a timetable for withdrawal. all obama has to do, and i know it is not that simple, but i would look at the gorbachev experience. he came in 1985, he gave a speech in 1986 denouncing afghanistan as a bleeding wound. he had secretly told schultz at the military was going to get one year to turn it around. and that they wouldn't be able to. he announced a timetable, and then he was gone and 89. we need to do something similar, the military had its chances, we had 11 commanders in afghanistan in 11 years, take a look at this book by the general, which devotes a lot of attention to this. that is not a war where we can be successful. that is not in the military we have. there is no military that has ever been successful with counterinsurgency. not only that, but they have an ally in pakistan where we survived with billions of dollars of military economic aid that ma
CNN
Feb 23, 2013 6:30am PST
from china. barbara starr a cnn pentagon correspondent, chris johnson is senior adviser at the center for strategic international studies. he was a former senior china analyst at the cia. chris, let me start with you. the ceo of namdia said that they had had enough. >> we felt that tolerance in the private sector, that it's just shrinking. people are sick and frustrated with how much i.p. we've lost to chinese hackers. we felt it was just a natural timing. >> chris, sounds like u.s. corporations have had enough. >> yes, i think that's definitely true. i mean, what's telling about the report that has just come out is the pervasiveness of this espionage by the chinese. and especially the role of the chinese military in economic espionage. you know, it's presumed, of course, that an opposition force, military force might enghaj probgauge in probes of national security information, looking for national security information. this economic espionage by the chinese military is a stark revelation, and it demonstrates that it's the entire force of the chinese government that is involved
ABC
Feb 21, 2013 4:00am EST
money in their paychecks if those budget cuts go through. pentagon workers would lose one day of work each week for up to 22 weeks. that's a loss of about 20% of their pay. and the budget people at the defense department said the effect of those cuts will be felt across the country. >>> also, from the pentagon, a military milestone. for the first time since 2007, more than 30 days have passed with no u.s. deaths in afghanistan. the pentagon says that's because of fewer enemy attacks. and the fact that afghans, now, are taking over more of their own security operations. >>> if you're about to chow down on an egg mcmuffin this morning, you're probably not alone. a new study shows just how much fast food americans eat. adults ate 11% of their daily calories in fast food over a four-year period. topping the survey, nonhispanic black adults who ate one-fifth of their diet from fast food. and the over-60 crowd, ate fast food just 6% of the time. >>> well, drinking coffee can apparently give you the jolt you need to live longer. a new study of older americans found three cups of coffee
ABC
Feb 20, 2013 5:30pm EST
ticking. just nine days until $85 billion in federal spending cuts could go into effect. the pentagon said if that happens, the have the majority of the 800,000 civilian workers would have to be furloughed. >> this is one of the most distasteful tasks i will face. >> reporter: they will lose one day of work each week for 22 weeks, a also of 20% of their pay. military personnel would be exempted. pentagon officials warn even though the civilian workforce will take the direct hit -- >> the associated furloughs will impact our war fighters, our veterans and family mem tbhers untold ways. >> reporter: lawmakers voted to delay it by two months as part of that last-minute deal at new year's but that set up another deadline. if congress doesn't act by march 1st, $85 billion in spending cuts did into effect all at once. it would also mean tsa agents are furloughed, so expect longer lines at airport security. 1,000 law enforcement agents forced off the job. 70,000 preschoolers dropped from their head start program. 80% of the pentagon civilian workforce is based outside of the washington area.
NBC
Feb 23, 2013 6:00am EST
your sunshine. don't go away. >>> right now, the pentagon has grounded its entire pleat of brand new f-35 fighter jets because of a cracked engine blade. the crack eed blade was found during a routine inspection. pentagon officials ordered all 64 jets from the air force, navy, and marine corps grounded until they figure out the cause of the problem. a spokesman for the company that makes the jets says none of the other f-35s have cracks. >>> if you have a plane to catch in the next few week, the sequestration showdown could have an impact on you. we're looking live at capitol hill where lawmakers will return monday. if nothing gets done, transportation officials say furloughs would be likely for tsa agents and air traffic controllers. the national zoo might have to make tough decisions as well if a budget deal isn't reached. it's facing major cuts as part of the sequester, but how much is still up in the air. megan mcgrath has more. >> reporter: it's not typically what comes to mind when you think about federal agencies, but as part of the smithsonian institution, the national zoo de
NBC
Feb 24, 2013 11:00am EST
pentagon has been very good, once they've been unleashed by the administration, for a long time the administration was saying let's not talk about this too much. now they can't talk about it much. and nobody is better at talking about it than the pentagon. because it's the largest organization in the world. they actually have to plan things. i'm told that in a lot of agencies around town, they don't know what to do. >> the planning is a mess. but the pentagon they're running wars. chris: let me go to the usual probability. the president gives in because he gets scared about national defense. he can't get the aircraft carrier into the persian gulf and we'll do the mix over again and cut some of the social spending. is that likely he'll do that? >> i think after you've gone past the sequester, and once the pain starts to hit, there will be some sort of negotiation. he will give a bit and i think the republicans will have to give a bit, too. you got democrats at the moment targeting half of the tea party members because precisely they think they're vulnerable. on the issue of defense s
FOX News
Feb 18, 2013 2:00am EST
wallace. senate republican ares block the president's choice to run the pentagon. as gop senators demand more answers about the benghazi terror attack, white house charges they are playing politics with national security. we talk with the man leading the call for more information, senator lindsey graham. his tee party response to the state of the union speech was critical to both the president and the gop. we will ask senator rand paul what he thinks of the obama agenda as well as republican policy. also, it is less than two weeks until big automatic spending cuts kick in. we will ask the sunday panel will congress will reach a deal before the sequester deadline. and outraged our power player of the week helps the senate make history by keeping track of history. all right now on "fox news sunday." >> chris: and hello again from fox news in washington. senate republicans made history this week, blocking a nominee for defense is secretary for the first time ever. they are demanding more information about the nominee former senator chuck hagel and about the benghazi terror attack. joining m
FOX News
Feb 16, 2013 7:00pm EST
officer who spent years working with pentagon tax dollars has a bold answer for sequestitration and a message from washington. what was the light in the sky broof san francisco. reports from witnesses and a video backing up the claims. a mysterous flying object and this time in u.s. air space and coming just hours after a metor exploding thousands of miles away and rattling buildings and people below . fox reports from inside russia on the cosmic clean up following a direct hit from outer space . a new warning over the defense budget showdown this time from the army's top brass. in my opinion sequestation is not in the best interest of the national security. it places a burden on the soldiers and civilians and plus, questions tonight about whether washington is playing politics with the troops and what deep cuts would mean for our military. and a police cruiser there one moment and gone the next after a car slams into it somewhere caught in all of that blur, a little boy. >> i am harris faulkner and it is time for the clean up the day after what looked like an assault from the sky. am
FOX News
Feb 20, 2013 3:00pm PST
care for their kids. >> today, pentagon officials said furloughs among their civilian employees would not start until late april. as for daycare -- >> how do you back up tens of thousands of parents will search for child care immediately >> look, whether that search begins on march 1 or in the near future, the impact on the economy and on people's lives is real. >> indeed, defense officials also said today especially if it did not start right away, not only will the jobs be furloughed, all civilian pay will be cut by 20%. one reason white house aides say they have the upper hand over speaker john boehner and the conservatives seem to agree. boehner had an op-ed blasting the president for not coming up with a solution. the republican declared the cuts will be deep writing a week from now, a dramatic new federal policy is set to go in to effect that threatens the u.s. national security. thousands of jobs and more. conservative journalist byron york responding to the op-ed noting that boehner has uncomfortable position. adding why would boehner adopt the democratic description of t
CBS
Feb 20, 2013 6:00am EST
automatic across- the-board spending cuts. that's why the pentagon is expected to announce a plan to furlough nearly 800,000 civilian employees one day each week beginning in april. that's essentially a 20% pay cut. federal law requires the pentagon to warn congress of furloughs at least 45 days in advance. exceptions here will include political appointees and people whose job functions are considered necessary to protect life and property. but some d.o.d. civilian firefighters, police officers, nurses and other emergency workers could still be furloughed. if these furloughs go on for some time, they'll add up to around a month of lost pay by the end of september. warnings are going out about the possible impact of these cutses on our local and national economies. the. spoke out yesterday and local leaders are figuring out exactly what's at stake. >> montgomery county alone in terms of this tax base, each day based on our estimates is a possibly $500,000. >> ten days of furloughs equal $120 million in lost income in federal employees for the county. >> these cuts are not smart. they
Current
Feb 21, 2013 3:00am PST
ruined like that. florida governor rick scott now says that he loves medicaid and the pentagon announced yesterday, because of the sequester, it is ready to furlough 800,000 civilian pentagon employees around the world. that hurts! all of that and a whole lot more. but first let's find out what's really going on. lisa ferguson's got it. today's current news update. she joins us from los angeles. good morning lisa. >> good morning, bill. another light day for the president today. he's taking some meetings from the white house. first up is his usual daily briefing from the oval office. then he's meeting with his senior advisers and later this afternoon, president obama will record a radio interview with al sharpton joe madison and yolanda adams all in the oval office. >>> a surprising change coming from florida. governor rick scott has announced he will back medicare expansion in the state. president obama's affordable care act requires all states to expand their programs but many republican governors are against doing so with scott proval being one of the most outspoken. suddenly yesterda
ABC
Feb 21, 2013 1:40am PST
morning, warnings to pentagon workers about pay cuts and potential layoffs if congress fails to act on a looming budget deadline. the impact of this one could be pretty far reaching. >>> a new reason to study your credit card statements carefully. the sneaky hidden fees that could be costing you and how to avoid falling victim to them in the first place. >> that's a good way to get angry. look at your cell phone bill, your credit card bill, all those little things they tack on, you've got to call them out sometimes. >> if you call them and say what's this? sometimes they'll say, oops. >> oh, i'm sorry. how did that get on there? let me take that off. >> you've been paying $3 for four years? but we're not going to give your money back. >> we'll take care of it next month. so important advice coming up in that piece. >>> and later this half hour, he's among the most eligible bachelors on the planet. now it looks like prince harry has a new squeeze. hopefully not that snake. find out who she is coming up in "the skinny." he gets around though, man. plins harry doesn't say -- >> i've sa
ABC
Feb 20, 2013 5:00pm EST
am worried. >> pentagon officials laid out the uncertainty and pain that sequestration would create. >> it would be catastrophic. >> congress can change the laws and make things easier. >> but there is little faith that congress will break its current bad habits. >> that is good for the people. so -- >> sequestration could have a major impact on companies that do business with the pentagon. business is big and small that employ tens of thousands of people in this region. as to the possible furlough employees would be given a 30- day notice before they go into affect. abc7 news. >> and we will have another look at the sequestration impact on our area. how these cuts could be one part of a larger hit for families. >> 5 people have been arrested in connection with monday's shooting death of a suitland high school student. he is one of six teenagers killed with gun violence this year. good evening, brad. >> good evening leon. it has been a horrible run of violence in prince for discounted. 15-year-old charles michael walker jr. was gunned down monday. and today there has been an arrest
CNN
Feb 16, 2013 3:00pm PST
situation room". >> the pentagon's top brass sounding alarm bells over automatic spending cuts now only weeks away. the defense budget will take a significant hit, $46 billion slashed, unless the president and the congress reach some sort of last minute deal. that could affect america's security and hundreds of thousands of jobs. let's go to the pentagon, our correspondent, chris lawrence, is standing by there. very worried over there at the pentagon, aren't they? >> reporter: are, wolf, and you're already starting to see some of the effects of the possible sequestration, the u.s. navy, cancelling the deployment of some other ships, cancelling some maintenance and pushing back some of the civilian contracts that they had signed. they say this is really just the tip of the iceberg, and down the road you could see a reduction in personnel. you could see training dramatically cut back in a lot of areas. >> chris, if these cuts do go into effect, they will be immediately felt or will be felt in the month his to come? >> reporter: this is going to be the toughest year, because critics will s
FOX News
Feb 19, 2013 7:00pm EST
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FOX Business
Feb 20, 2013 10:00pm EST
furlough if the sequester were to take effect. pentagon officials, however, confirm that those furloughs would not begin until april at the earliest and that furloughed employees would be asked to miss one day of work per week for 22 weeks. the reality of sequestration is that it represents a very small portion of overall government spending, no matter how dramatic or how grim the president projects the consequences. fox news chief political correspondent carl cameron has our report. >> these cuts are not smart, not fair. >> six business days and counting to $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending reductions. defense bases in 8 percent cut d other agencies reduce spending five to 6%. as part of the over three and half trillion dollar federal budget for this yearlone the $85 billion sequester cuts amount to a tinylice. only just under two and a half%. government spending is average 20% of annl u.s. economic activity. even after the sequestster cutst will be 22% this year, 10 percent higher than the average for the last seven decades. government spending is still projected to rise
KOFY
Feb 20, 2013 9:00pm PST
every week along with 20% of their pay for are up to five months. that is what the pentagon says will happen to workers iers if automatic spending cuts go into effect march 1. >>> the clock is ticking. just nine days until $85 billion in federal spending cuts could go into effect. today the pentagon say said if that happens the vast majority of its 800,000 civilian workers will is to be furlough. >> this is one of the least or the most the distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> reporter: the employees with lose one day of work each week for up to 22 weaks. a a lot of about 20% of their pay. military personal would be excepted but officials warned even though it is the civilian work force that will take the direct hit in their wallet. >> the associated furloughs with impact our war fighters, our veterans and family members in on told ways. >> reporter: lawmakers voted to delay the automatic spending cuts for two months. that just set up another deadline. if congress doesn't act by march 1, $85 million in spending cuts go into effect all at once. in addition to
CNN
Feb 23, 2013 3:00pm PST
-day weeks and take off a day without pay and that will hurt. our pentagon correspondent has more. tell us what is going on, barbara. >> reporter: well, you know, wolf, we have been hearing this fancy washington word, sequester for weeks now. but now the reality is hitting hundreds of thousands of defense department workers facing a smaller paycheck. maintaining fighting jets and war ships at the ready. providing care at military hospitals. crucial military functions don't by some 800,000 civilian workers. now, the pentagon has told congress these workers will be forced to stay home one day a week, without pay, if mandatory spending cuts are not averted. >> everybody is waiting to hear. it has definitely become the new, what i call the new "f" word here is furlough. >> reporter: for many, it will be defense cuts, he is already making plans. >> i'll pay the core bills, the mortgage and the utilities and then you live on what is left. >> reporter: the head of the government worker's union says his people have already suffered. >> already these employees have suffered a 27-month pay
MSNBC
Feb 23, 2013 9:00am PST
first responder emergency responders saying their budgets are going to be cut. then the pentagon came out the next day and said we're going to have to lay off 800,000 civilian workers or furlough them one day a week. yesterday you had lahood, the transportation secretary come to the white house briefing room and say we're going to have delays in air traffic, shut down air traffic control. this tactic is because the white house recognizes they're trying to sway public opinion and put pressure from the outside on republicans. it's interesting. a poll came out just this week that said the vast majority of americans don't know a lot about these cuts that are coming down. the white house is trying to change that. the white house is still working, hoping for a deal. but i get a sense that most of washington and probably even at the white house they recognize we could go past the sequester at least for a few weeks, and there's going to be another chance late in march where the continuing spending resolution comes up or expires and they're going to have to negotiate deal on that. and it all c
MSNBC
Feb 21, 2013 2:30am PST
, even more pressing is that march 1st deadline that we talked about. the pentagon will be hit by this. that same set of polling far more americans would blame republicans if what they call the sequester kicks in. less than one third would hold the president accountable. still more than a week away, already it appears the writing is on the wall. civilian employees have been told by the pentagon they'll be placed on unpaid leave, at least one day a week. democrats are calling for congress to reconvene to deal with this mess. secretary of state john kerry is reminding his former colleagues that actions here at home do have global implications. >> it's often said that we cannot be strong at home if we're not strong in the world, but in these days of a looming budget sequester that everyone actually wants to avoid or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. my credibility as a diplomat to create order is strongest when america at last puts its own fiscal house in order and that has to be now. let's reach a responsible agreement that prevents these senseless
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